The Divine Comedy

Date: 2008
Media: Carbonised human skull, 22 ct gold
Dimensions: 14 “ x 14” x 20” / 5.5” x 8.5” x 7”

 

Carbon is the building block of every living thing. It is also the release of carbon, post-Industrial Revolution, that is the great fear of our modern time: the bringer of tsunamis, catastrophic “natural” disasters. By reducing an object to carbon, carbonizing it, we are pairing it down to a “pure” state. Here we are faced with whole carbon human male skull – every bit carbonized save for the enamel of the teeth and the gold caps and crowns. The skull has also become the very stuff of fine art material – the drawing medium, charcoal.

 


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